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DISCOVER
School-based workshops for 16 to 18 year olds 
DISCOVER
School-based workshops for 16 to 18 year olds 
DISCOVER
School-based workshops for 16 to 18 year olds 
DISCOVER
School-based workshops for 16 to 18 year olds 
DISCOVER is an evidence-based mental health programme that is run in schools, to provide psychological support for students who are experiencing difficulties with stress, anxiety or low mood. The aim of DISCOVER is to build resilience and confidence, and to help young people to find new ways to handle their emotional difficulties.

Designed with young people, DISCOVER is an award-winning, open access and non-stigmatising approach, which we deliver in school sixth forms. The team is comprised of clinical and graduate psychologists. DISCOVER has been delivered to over 2500 teenagers to date, in academies, state secondaries, grammar and private schools across London and the south east. We are pleased to be delivering DISCOVER to all sixth forms within the Harris Federation, as well as to several other schools in London and the south east. We have also run the DISCOVER programme in six new Lambeth schools during the 2019-2020 academic year, funded by the Lambeth CAMHS transformation fund.

DISCOVER provides up-to-date and evidence based psychological advice and techniques in a confidential workshop format. In addition to individual student sessions before and after the DISOCVER group workshop. participants also get access to our DISCOVERbot, a web-based app that we designed, with teenagers, to support participants to maintain their progress and to remind them of the DISCOVER techniques. The DISCOVER team continues to innovate in line with changes in technology, and is currently preparing an online version of DISCOVER to reach young people at home, and enable them to manage life stresses. Our new version of DISCOVER for young people in the care system is being tested and piloted in 2020, and will be available from 2021. We are also developing whole class online DISCOVER wellbeing ‘broadcasts’ from our team, in formats that are suited to sixth form assemblies.

Evaluation is built into the DISCOVER programme. Each school receives a detailed report at the end of the programme, which analyses the students’ mental health outcomes and the work undertaken by the team to help them achieve their goals. These reports can then be used for OFSTED and other auditing purposes.

  • In addition, we provide teacher CPD sessions, conference presentations and consultation, tailored to individual school needs, on various aspects of adolescent wellbeing and mental health. We also provide student seminars, on request, on topics such as the psychology of stress and wellbeing
  • Building emotional resilience
  • Managing exam stress and worry

New online DISCOVER broadcasts and presentations can now be delivered to whole sixth form assemblies and can be booked directly by schools.

Awards

2019 - Shortlisted, British Medical Journal. Annual Mental Health Award
2018 - Winner, Guardian Public Services Award
2016 - Award for Innovation in Practice from the British Psychological Society’s Faculty for Children and Young People


Coming soon

DISCOVER in four UK regions
We are planning to expand DISCOVER to new UK regions from 2021 onwards to reach more students in need. Funded by a grant from National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Dr June Brown, and a research team from Kings College, London University are running a multi-site UK-wide research trial of DISCOVER in 2021-2024, to test the impact of the programme at a national level.

Teacher training in the core DISCOVER approach
In response to sixth form teachers’ requests, we are developing an online and downloadable pack of DISCOVER techniques and resources to support sixth form teachers in their delivery of emotional wellbeing and PSHE content to students. This new teacher package is modular, and is being piloted in several schools in 2020, and will include a training module.

Helping improve the mental health and wellbeing of teenagers who have lived experience of the being in care
With Maudsley Charity funding, we have created an adaptation of DISCOVER, with the help of teenage care leavers. This version of DISCOVER will be piloted in NHS and social care settings to support and improve care leavers’ emotional resilience, during 2020-2022, in partnership with St Mary’s University. The programme will be available online and will include modules for foster carers and social workers.

Running DISCOVER alongside CAMHS
With the help of Dr Christina Loucas, clinical psychologist, DISCOVER developed and evaluated a successful clinic version of the DISCOVER workshop, for teenagers aged 15 to 18 who are on CAMHS waiting lists and are experiencing anxiety and low mood. This approach has now been disseminated by the DISCOVER team in Lewisham and Lambeth Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), with the help of child wellbeing practitioners in the Children and Young People's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme (CYP IAPT).